$1300 or less i5 Gaming PC Build.


BUDGET RANGE: $1,500 $1,300 or less (don't care about rebates if their some then great if not instant discounts are better)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, video editing, photo editing, movie watching.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: mostly micro center for easy pickup and no shipping charges. Newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: ASUS motherboard, intel processor



MONITOR RESOLUTION: Will be using my 32 in HDTV

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm a first time builder and have no idea what i'm doing so far. I hope you guys can help me out. I play World of Warcraft, City of Heroes, Final Fantasy 11 and 14 whenever it comes out. Also games like starcraft 2, and Diablo 3 whenever they come out. Eventually i want to put in a tv tuner but if i can't then its ok no big deal.

Also if you have any suggestions for another case that's fine. I'm pretty open to things. I do have another question about the Windows 7 OEM and Full version. What's the difference? if i wanted to reformat my computer would i be able to reinstall windows 7 OEM again?

Intel Corporation
Core i7 920 Processor - $199.99

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - $269.99

XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $169.99

Western Digital-OEM
Caviar Black 750GB 3.5" 7,200RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $99.99

Cooler Master
HAF932 High Air Flow Full Tower - $149.99

Corsair Memory
TX 850 Watt ATX 12V Power Supply - $169.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $89.99

Corsair Memory
XMS3 4GB DDR3-1600 (PC-12800) CL9 Memory Kit (Two 2GB Memory Modules) - $139.99


PROCESSOR: Intel Corporation
Core i5 750 Processor Boxed - $179.99

MOBO: Asus Computer International
P7P55-M Socket 1156 P55 mATX Motherboard - $104.99

GRAPHICS CARD: XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail - $399.99

PSU: Corsair Memory
TX750W 750 Watt ATX 12V Power Supply - $115.49

RAM: OCZ Technology
4GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Dual Channel Memory Kit (Two 2GB Memory Modules) - $109.99

INTERNAL HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $54.99

OS: Microsoft OEM
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM - $109.99

LightScribe 22x DVD±RW Burner with Dual/Double Layer Support OEM - $34.99

CASE: Cooler Master
HAF 922M (HAF Mini) ATX Case - $89.99

MICRO CENTER TOTAL: $745.43 + $76.41(TAX) = $821.84

NEWEGG.COM TOTAL: $454.98 + $36.40(EST. TAX) = $491.38


EDIT 2: I'm trying to shave down on cost as much as possible without giving up quality. I decided to go with 500GB HDD instead of the 1TB bc i don't think i'll even need more than 500GB. I've been using computer with 100 GB or less and I've been doing fine. I also already have a 500GB external hard drive. Also switched from the Corsair Memory RAM to OZC Tech RAM

EDIT: I updated my build let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions i'm open. Thanks!
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  1. As it's a gaming pc, go for i5 not i7, and a 5870 not a 5770, you really do not need that much power, get a samsung f3 1tb instead of the caviar black 750gb. You really don't need to spend $270 on a motherboard as long as you are not a extreme overclocker. Get the antec 1200, overall better case.

    you need windows 7 home premium 64 bits not 32 as you're going to be using more than 3gb of ram
  2. antec 1200 isn't better, the haf 932 better in almost everything except for dust and airflow
  3. Well they're both great cases, they have a kind of "competition" some people like more the antec 1200, and some the 932. In my opinion if you are going to buy more fans like 4 120 fans to replace the 200 on the top and the same at the side the haf 932 for sure is going to have a better airflow, peronally I don't like those tool-less cases(HAF 932 is). I really like the fan controllers that the antec 1200 have, as well as the black interior, it makes the case look so nice, overall it varies if you are going to mod it or not, and personal opinion, but with the stock configurations I think the antec 1200 is better, but both are great cases, I would go with the antec 1200
  4. I've been reading many of the threads about the i5 vs i7 and many people say to get the i5 because their isn't much of a difference and its not worth the extra cash but at micro center the prices are lower than on newegg.com

    Intel Corporation Core i5 750 Processor Boxed - $179.99

    Intel Corporation Core i7 920 Processor Boxed - $199.99

    so in this situation is it still better to go with the i5?
  5. The 1366 motherboards cost a lot more. If you go the i5 route you'll save money on the motherboard, and also on RAM (dual channel vs. tri-channel).
  6. I've done some major updates to my build take a look. Thanks!
  7. Newegg only has tax in a few states, dunno if you're in 1 of of them.

    I personally prefer the 5850 as its 12-15% worse than a 5870, but the 5870 is 33% more expensive. It'll also run anything cept maxed out Crysis fine at 1920x1080 (neither can a 5870 anyway).

    i5 Microcenter $179.99

    LG $23.99

    HAF 922 $89.99 free ship w/ code EMCYZNT45

    If newegg charges you tax, then you can just pick it up at microcenter as well.

    Spinpoint F3 $54.99

    Seasonic 850w $109.99

    Corsair XMS3 7-8-7-20 DDR3 1600

    Asus USB 3.0/SATA 6.0 Dual PCIEx8 in case you wanna xfire down the road.

    CM Hyper 212 Plus

    Don't need it per se, but the stock P55 fans are garbage.

    5850 and Win 7 $384.98

    Total: $1152.92 before tax and shipping. Newegg should be tax free but again, depends on where you live. Shipping was $35 to NYC
  8. Main changes are a better MOBO, but 5850 instead of 5870, and added a HSF, which is optional but recommended.
  9. thank you this looks great!
  10. i'll be buying the i5 later this week at micro center not sure when the sale might end ^^
  11. I've been looking at buying similar systems for light gaming but is fairly powerful, and i quite that's my main aim to get something i cant hear roaring int he background while i watch a movie, i also would like to be able to record or watch two shows at one time, I'm a bit worried that the 5670 wont cut it? :??:
    I'm seriously considering buying this from eBay
    can anyone help me if this is a good buy or if there's something else i should consider :)

  12. Please start your own thread. Also that PC you linked is HTPC not a gaming one (despite the description). Price isn't the best either.

    Also fill out form in my sig.
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